Recycling, an activity once associated with empty milk cartons and hippies, is getting a corporate makeover. Last week, tire giant Continental announced that it will use reprocessed polyester taken from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in its tire production starting in 2022. The raw materials for the polyester — a type of plastic — traditionally used in tire manufacturing is derived from crude oil and natural gas. Making a complete set of vehicle tires will make use of more than 60 recycled PET bottles. In lab and road testing, tires made with polyester fibers obtained from bottles performed as well as tires made with traditional fibers.
The 2019 Leadership in Sustainability Prize is awarded to the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.
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Artists are recognising that music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment by raising awareness as well as encouraging and taking action. Musicians have joined the call for a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis, whilst several major record labels, bands and festival organisers who form the UK music industry have declared a climate and ecological emergency. The declaration has been administered by the newly formed Music Declares Emergency group, an independent organisation created by music business professionals and artists. Here I look at some examples of activities carried out by those involved in the music industry as they put ideas into action, including incorporating the circular economy into their activities.
For more than 190 years, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has delighted attendees with a nine-day celebration of all things floral and gardening. Year after year, this event brings joy to hundreds of thousands of people each winter as they anticipate the newness of spring. But the Flower Show is more than just a singular event — it serves as the main fundraiser for PHS’s year-round efforts to put trees, gardens, and gardeners to work to help build strong social connections, as well as provide access to fresh food, healthy living environments, and jobs and business opportunities across the Greater Philadelphia region. When you buy a Flower Show ticket, you directly contribute to making a greener, healthier, and more sustainable region that improves health and well-being for everyone.